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Government announces Apprenticeship voucher system

The government has announced plans to introduce a new Apprenticeship voucher system by Autumn 2017 that will give employers a discount on any training they buy.

The new system aims to put employers in control of Apprenticeship funding without adding unnecessary bureaucracy.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “The new Apprenticeship Voucher puts the power to shape and drive the quality of apprenticeships directly in the hands of employers. As a result, employers will have much greater influence on the value for money and relevance of the training their apprentices receive.

“The Apprenticeship Voucher offers a simple, burden-free way that will benefit employers regardless of their size or the number of apprentices they take on.”

Around 850,000 people participated in an Apprenticeship in 2013/14, and more than 240,000 workplaces employed an apprentice.

Natalie Thornhill

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